Engagement with local schools to support their initiatives, as follows during 2017/18:
Funds towards the development of a quadrangle space
Financial support for drama productions
Funding travel costs of pupils competing in national youth competitions
Contributions to individual pupils undertaking voluntary work overseas
‘Mock Interviews’ with local schools – we work with two local secondary schools to provide practice in interview techniques, including a group of pupils with extreme special needs, in preparation for college, university or work placement interviews.
Awarding pupils from local schools for ‘Service Above Self’ – pupils are nominated by teachers and we award a certificate in recognition of Service Above Self and a prize of £50.
Provision of ‘Dictionaries 4 Life’ to local Year 6 pupils – every child leaving one local primary school is given a Dictionary for Life, presented in their final assembly by our President.
Support for Kids Out– in particular, we give funds to the same local primary as above, to enable the children leaving at the end of Year 6 to have an outing, usually to the theatre.
Intermediate Youth Speaks competition - we run this competition for the benefit of all local schools, hosting it in the heart of New Malden, and we support our colleagues in the Kingston Rotary Club, who run the senior competition.
RYLA, youth leadership courses for local pupils - this year working in conjunction with the Kingston club we are supporting a young carer to attend this course.
Reading support for pupils in local school – we have set up a very comprehensive rota of support for reading skills in a local primary school.
Literacy in a Box - this is the
charity we support to send literacy resources overseas. We have our own Literacy Box containing books, pencils and rubbers, which we use for fund raising at community events. Increasingly local schools wanting to introduce their pupils to charitable giving have invited us to school assemblies to explain the work of this charity. Then we help the pupils raise money for their own box by providing matched funding. Their box is then purchased and sent to an equivalent school overseas. The school receiving the box sends photos, videos and letters as feedback, both to the charity to improve its service and to our pupils to show how much they have helped.